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Probable Pitchers for September 29, 2013

PITCHf/x cards of today's probable pitchers can be found here: Probable PitchersYesterday's Notable Stat Lines:

National League:
(86-75) Nationals – 2 at 0 – Diamondbacks (80-81)
  • Nationals 3B Chad Tracy blasted his fourth home run of the season.
  • Nationals SP Dan Haren looked to be in vintage form, spinning seven scoreless innings.
  • Diamondbacks SS Chris Owings went 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Diamondbacks SP Brandon McCarthy finished his season strong, allowing just two runs on five hits over seven innings.
(74-87) Brewers
– 4 at 2 – Mets (73-88)

(10 innings)

  • Brewers OF Carlos Gomez had a terrific night, going 4-for-5 with a homer and two RBI.
  • Brewers RP Jimmy Nelson pitched well in his first MLB start, allowing one run on one hit and three walks in a no-decision.
  • Mets 2B Daniel Murphy had another strong day at the dish in an extra-inning loss, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base.
  • Mets SP Aaron Harang pitched well in a no-decision, allowing just one run and racking up seven strikeouts in his six innings of work.

(73-88) Phillies – 5 at 4 – Braves (95-66)

  • Phillies C Cameron Rupp picked up the first two RBI of his MLB career.
  • Phillies SP Ethan Martin pitched decently in a spot start, surrendering just one run on four hits over three innings.
  • Braves OF Justin Upton had a monster day at the dish, going 4-for-5 with a homer, double and three RBI.
  • Braves SP Mike Minor pitched very well in a losing effort, surrendering two runs on five hits over six strong innings.

(93-68) Pirates

8 at 3 – Reds (90-71)

  • Pirates 2B Neil Walker launched a pair of solo homers, helping to clinch home field for the NL Wild Card play-in game.
  • Pirates SP Charlie Morton gave up three runs over 4 1/3 innings.
  • Reds SP Bronson Arroyo was blasted for six runs over 4 2/3 innings.
  • Reds OF Jay Bruce smacked a two-run double.

(66-95) Cubs

2 at 6 – Cardinals (96-65)

  • Cardinals OF Matt Holliday smashed a two-run homer in the first inning.
  • Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright sscattered just two hits and a walk over 5 1/3 scoreless innings.
  • Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo belted his 23rd home run of the season in a losing effort.
  • Cubs SP Edwin Jackson struggled, allowing six runs on eight hits in only 2 2/3 innings of work.

(73-88) Rockies

1 at 0 – Dodgers (92-69)

  • Rockies SP Juan Nicasio blanked the Dodgers for 5 1/3 innings, striking out seven, in a victory.
  • Dodgers SP Zack Greinke was handed his fourth loss of the season after allowing one run in six innings.

(76-85) Padres

9 at 3 – Giants (75-86)

  • Padres OF Chris Denorfia led off with a solo homer.
  • Padres SP Eric Stults tossed seven strong innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.
  • Giants OF Hunter Pence celebrated his recently signed contract extension by belting his 27th homer of the season in a losing effort.
  • Giants SP Yusmeiro Petit was knocked around, surrendering five runs on seven hits in just 3 2/3 innings of work.

American League:

(90-71) Rays

– 2 at 7 – Blue Jays (74-87)

  • Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ gave up just one run over 7 1/3 innings.
  • Rays SP Chris Archer was pulled after allowing one run over 2 1/3 innings.
  • Blue Jays OF Kevin Pillar went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored.
  • Rays OF Wil Myers went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored.

(78-83) Angels

4 at 7 – Rangers (90-71)

  • Rangers OF Craig Gentry went 2-for-4 with a bunt RBI single, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Rangers SP Derek Holland gave up four runs over 4 2/3 innings.
  • Angels RP Garrett Richards was pulled after giving up six runs (three earned) in 4 1/3 innings.
  • Angels SS Erick Aybar went 3-for-5 with three runs sco red

(85-76) Royals – 5 at 6 – White Sox (63-98)

  • White Sox DH Adam Dunn belted his 34th home run of the season.
  • White Sox SP Erik Johnson pitched decently, allowing three runs on five hits over his 5 1/3 innings.
  • Royals C Salvador Perez had a nice night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI.
  • Royals SP Yordano Ventura had the first rough start of his MLB career, surrendering three home runs

(97-64) Red Sox – 5 at 6 – Orioles (84-77)

  • Orioles DH Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI,
  • Orioles SP Wei-Yin Chen continued his struggles in a no-decision, giving up three runs on nine hits in his 5 1/3 innings.
  • Red Sox C David Ross went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
  • Red Sox SP Jon Lester struggled in his final start of the regular season, allowing four runs on nine hits over five innings in a no-decision.
(84-77) Yankees

2 at 1 – Astros (51-110)

  • Yankees 2B Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
  • Yankees SP Andy Pettitte ended his tremendous Major League career in style, allowing just one run on five hits in a complete game victory over the Astros.
  • 1B Chris Carter went 1-for-4 and plated the Astros lone run.
  • Astros RP Paul Clemens pitched well in a losing effort, surrendering two runs (one earned) on five hits over 5 1/3 frames.
(95-66) Athletics

5 at 7 – Mariners (71-90)

  • Mariners SS Brad Miller had a monster day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a pair of homers and five RBI.
  • Mariners SP Brandon Maurer pitched well, allowing just two runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings.
  • Athletics 1B Brandon Moss smashed his 30th home run of the season.
  • Athletics SP Jarrod Parker was hit hard, surrendering seven runs on seven hits in only 4 1/3 innings.

Inter League:

(93-68) Tigers

1 at 2 – Marlins (61-100)

(10 innings)

  • Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton delivered a walkoff single in the 10th inning.
  • Marlins SP Nathan Eovaldi delivered a strong effort in a no-decision, allowing only one run on seven hits in his six innings of work.
  • C Alex Avila's fourth inning sacrifice fly plated the Tigers lone run.
  • Tigers SP Anibal Sanchez wrapped up the American League's ERA title in a no-decision, firing five scoreless innings.

Player Transactions:

National League:

  • The Giants and Hunter Pence have agreed on a five-year, $90 million contract.
Injury Updates:

National League:

  • Reds 2B Brandon Phillips is being considered day-to-day with a bruised shin after X-rays came back negative on Saturday.
  • Brewers OF Khris Davis (hamstring, quad) is unlikely to return before the end of the season.
  • The X-rays on Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig's shin came back negative on Friday, and the dynamic young outfielder is being considered day-to-day.
  • Brewers 1B Corey Hart (knee) has received clearance to begin running on a treadmill.
  • Braves RP Jordan Walden (groin) is scheduled to throw an inning during Sunday's game against the Phillies.
  • C Brian McCann (groin) could get some at-bats in Sunday's regular season finale, according to Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.
  • OF Yasiel Puig (foot) took batting practice on Saturday and will likely play on Sunday, according to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
  • Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche is done for the rest of the year with a biceps strain.
  • Cubs SP Edwin Jackson left Saturday's start against the Cardinals with mild lat discomfort.

American League:

  • Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind was removed from Saturday's game against the Rays after his nagging back injury began acting up on him again.
  • SP Ubaldo Jimenez is expected to start for the Indians in Sunday's regular season finale against the Twins.
  • Astros C Jason Castro (knee) expects to participate in his regular offseason workouts, beginning a few weeks after the regular season concludes.
  • Indians DH Jason Giambi is day-to-day after tweaking his forearm in Saturday's game.
  • Orioles OF Mike Morse (wrist) has been shut down for the rest of the season by the Orioles.
  • OF Yoenis Cespedes (shoulder) is unlikely to play in Sunday's finale, according to A's manager Bob Melvin.
Notes & Rumors

National League:

  • The Brewers announced that manager Ron Roenicke and his entire staff will return for the 2014 season.
  • Now that the Giants have locked up Hunter Pence, they have turned their attention toward working on a contract extension for SP Tim Lincecum.
  • SP Jake Westbrook will start for the Cardinals in Sunday's regular season finale against the Cubs.
  • Jose Abreu will hold a showcase for interested Major League teams in the Dominican Republic on Sunday.
  • The Mets and manager Terry Collins have reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension.
  • Brewers general manager Doug Melvin indicated Saturday that he will reach out to SS Jean Segura's agent this Winter to discuss a long-term deal.
  • Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Saturday that SP A.J. Burnett would start the first game of the NLDS should the Pirates advance past the Reds in Tuesday's wild card game.
  • Pirates manager Clint Hurdle confirmed Saturday that SP Francisco Liriano will start for the Pirates in Tuesday's National League wild card game against the Reds.
  • RP Guillermo Moscoso will start for the Giants in Sunday's season finale against the Padres.
  • Giants SP Matt Cain has been shut down for the remainder of the 2013 season.
  • SP Gio Gonzalez will no longer start Sunday's season finale for the Nationals.
  • RP Tanner Roark, not Gio Gonzalez, will start for the Nationals on Sunday.
  • SP Chris Capuano may be used as a reliever by the Dodgers in the postseason.
  • SP Johnny Cueto will start for the Reds in their one-game playoff with the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

American League:

  • Ned Yost has indicated that he'd like to return as the Royals manager for the 2014 season.
  • RP David Huff is likely to start for the Yankees in Sunday's season finale against the Astros.
  • Yankees RP Mariano Rivera said he's "done" and doesn't plan to play at all this weekend against the Astros.

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